Bandaging: Be Creative!
The trick, I've found, is to:
2) Make it hard for them to slip out of it.
You also often need to think past the target area to get something to work out. For example, when one of our girls had a tumor removed by her rump, the "best" solution to keeping her away from it was reducing her flexibility at her chest (rather than covering the post-surgical wound itself).
And, you have to think past "just fabric." I purchased this bandaging tape once that frustrated me so much because it simply just didn't stick! I found that this exact tape is great for rats: It's hard for them to chew through. It, like all tape, sticks a lot better to itself than any surface. And it doesn't really stick to them either. For BooBoo's foot I used my "Curad Advanced Sof-Tape" and wrapped with that rather than fabric. I had a little pad on the underside of his foot, of course, but I used the stickiness of the tape (if you can even call it that) to hold the whole thing in place on his foot. It barely stuck to fur at all and was easily cut off (the tape, not the fur).
Below is one wrapping suggestion for a chest wrap that I found to be fairly effective: The concept is, again, the figure-8, but I made it a little easier to wrap by cutting arm-holes. With a narrower bandage, you could easily do the same just wrapping it around the arms 8-style:
And here's what it looks like on the rat:
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Disclaimer: There are many non-sarcastic accounts and tips on the web regarding rat care. This is not
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and where we've succeeded. These accounts are here for two purposes: